Scoggins v. Tallant et al
ORDER ADOPTING 21 Report and Recommendations in its entirety and granting defendants' 13 Motion for Summary Judgment.. Signed by Honorable Susan O. Hickey on September 17, 2012. (rw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
CASE NO. 4:11-cv-4073
JANA TALLANT, Jail Administrator;
and DUSTIN WAKEFIELD, Jailer
Before the Court is the Report and Recommendation filed August 28, 2012 by the
Honorable Barry A. Bryant, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Arkansas.
(ECF No. 21). Judge Bryant has examined Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment (ECF
No. 13) and Plaintiff’s Response (ECF No.’s 18, 20). Judge Bryant recommends granting
Defendants’ motion. Plaintiff has filed an objection to Judge Bryant’s report. (ECF No. 25).
After conducting a de novo review of the record, the Court adopts Judge Bryant’s Report and
Recommendation as its own.
The events that are the subject of this lawsuit occurred while Plaintiff was incarcerated in
the Howard County Detention Center in Nashville, Arkansas. Plaintiff alleges constitutional
violations against Defendants under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. Plaintiff brings his
constitutional claims against Defendants in both their official and individual capacities. Judge
Bryant recommends granting Defendants’ motion as to all of Plaintiff’s official capacity claims
because Plaintiff failed to show any official policy or widespread custom of unconstitutional
conduct, as required under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. See Monell v. Dep’t of Soc. Servs., 436 U.S. 658,
690–91 (1978). Plaintiff does not object to Judge Bryant’s report on this ground.
Plaintiff’s claims against Defendants in their individual capacities include three
conditions-of-confinement claims: (1) for being denied access to a mop and bucket after spilling
a cup of water in his cell, which later caused him to slip and fall; (2) for being denied a wheel
chair, despite a back injury that made it difficult for him to stand, causing him to fall and injure
his nose; and (3) for being denied medical care in connection with his back pain. Judge Bryant
recommends granting summary judgment on all three claims because Defendants’ conduct did
not create a substantial risk of serious harm, Plaintiff’s nose injury was a de minimis injury, and
Plaintiff failed to show that Defendants acted with deliberate indifference.
Plaintiff objects to Judge Bryant’s report as to the individual capacity claims on a number
of grounds. Plaintiff’s objections largely reiterate the evidence he presented in his Response to
Defendants’ motion. He also attempts to clarify certain factual issues based on Judge Bryant’s
characterization of the summary judgment record. These objections, however, do not create any
material fact question that affects the outcome of the case. See Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc.,
477 U.S. 242, 248 (1986). Plaintiff’s evidence is simply not enough to raise constitutional
Based on the information in Judge Bryant’s Report and Recommendation (ECF No. 21),
and the reasoning in this Order, the Court adopts Judge Bryant’s Report and Recommendation in
its entirety. Therefore, Separate Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment (ECF No. 13) is
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 17th day of September, 2012.
/s/ Susan O. Hickey
Hon. Susan O. Hickey
United States District Judge
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